Melissa Loving Vito, Owner
*Please note: OUR PHONE is intermittently failing to receive calls just now. To send an inquiry, PLEASE USE E-MAIL, or try the phone several times until you get through. I do not have cell service at my home office. Sorry for the trouble.
Location Lake House is situated directly on the lake on the west shore of Lake George at the entrance to Boon Bay, one of the lake's smaller bays. The property consists of one acre of land 600 feet deep, with 80 feet of shoreline, the house positioned about 300 feet from the edge of the lake and about 30 feet above its surface. Lake George Village is 6 miles south of the house; Bolton Landing, 4 miles north.
Capacity - The home contains five bedrooms and four baths and is arranged and furnished to accommodate a party of ten people including babies and children.
Internet Connection - Lake House is equipped with a high-speed Internet connection complete with wired and wireless network access.
Better Business Bureau Accreditation Our rental business holds an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.
Generator on Site In case of a power outage, a 5,500-watt generator is maintained on site to provide water and septic service, heat, refrigeration, and power to certain outlets for lights and microwave use. The gas range in the kitchen will function by lighting the burners with a match.
Weekly Rates for June - September 2013
Summer rentals are limited to
full weeks at Lake House.
Regular Non-holiday Rates October 1 to May 23
Three nights over New Years : $1,600 for up to ten people.
Memorial Day Weekend: $1,600 for three nights for up to ten people.
Presidents' Weekend, Presidents' Week, Columbus Day Weekend, Thanksgiving: $1,450 for up to ten people.
Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Christmas Week: Minimum 8-person rate.
Rental period From June 1 to September 28, the house is rented from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in is at 3:00 PM; check-out, at 10:00 AM.
Payment Policies For summer rentals, we ask a reservation deposit of one third or one fourth of the rental rate to hold the week, with the balance and the security deposit due 60 days before arrival and the other installment(s) due between those payments. For shorter rentals, one half the rental rate and sales tax will reserve your stay, with the balance due 60 days before arrival. The reservation deposit is nonrefundable unless the period you rented is taken by another party, in which case 10 percent of the fees paid or $75, whichever is less, is retained. The amount of security deposit required varies from $100 to $300 depending on the length of the rental and the number of people in the party. This sum will be refunded in full provided no damage has been done, no excess cleaning is required, instructions are followed for preparing the house for check-out, recyclables are sorted as requested, and the house is vacated by check-out time.
Pets: From September through June your pet will be welcome to accompany you on your vacation provided permission is obtained ahead of time. A pet fee of $50 for a weekend or $95 for a full week will be charged. The town of Bolton does have a leash law, so a dog must be leashed whenever it leaves the property. Your dog is given a clean bed, too.
Owner living locally The owner of the house manages the house and its rentals, lives nearby, and will personally and promptly attend to any problems that arise during your stay.
The House - Constructed in stages as the family's needs grew, Lake House contains many levels of living area and, with all its nooks and crannies, provides an unusual degree of privacy for its residents. Rooms are large, their walls paneled with knotty pine, and their floors made of oak, except for one room whose floors are pine. Ceilings are high and decorations sparse, lending an atmosphere of space and relaxation. The house is centrally heated and air conditioned.
On a lower floor are three bedrooms and two full baths. One bedroom has twin beds that can be made up as a king-size bed and a second TV (a new flat-screen TV and a DVD player). Another has an antique double bed and a patio door that opens out into yard on the lake side of the house. The back bedroom has a queen-size bed and its own bath. The fourth full bath is off the hallway.
A highchair, a booster seat, and baby gates are available for small children. A standard crib is also available for a one-time set-up fee of $35.
In the basement are a standard-size washer and dryer and a large counter for folding. A clothesline is available outside for fresh-air drying. To keep our carbon footprint small, we provide Cold Water Tide, which avoids the necessity of heating water to wash clothes.
All baths have a shower and tub combination and counter space around the basin. All bed linens are furnished, as are spare pillows, a bath towel and wash cloth for each guest, bath mats, and dish towels. A number of spare towels, bath mats, and blankets, chair cushions, the iron, a hair dryer, and a small vacuum cleaner are stored for the use of the guests. The ironing board is in a larger closet in the den. Summertime guests may want to bring beach towels, which we do not provide.
The flat rate for unlimited local calls within the 518 area code on the phone in the kitchen is included in the rental fee; all other calls must be charged to a calling card. This is a corded phone, which works during a power outage so the owner can reach you and you can call the owner to ask that the generator be set up for use. The number will be provided ahead of time to leave with family and friends back home. Most people have cell service at the house as well.
For outdoor cooking, a modern Weber gas grill is provided, along with the propane needed and a spare tank in case the first ones runs out.
The two-bay garage is available for parking vehicles or boat trailers, or for storing bicycles or other sports equipment.
A full-size playhouse with a high ceiling and containing a doll crib, blackboard, and an assortment of toys is available for the use of the children. Also available for the children are a swing set, a sandbox, and a child-size picnic table.
The Grounds- The grounds around the house contain a variety of land uses: small wooded areas, a small brook, grassy lawns, small flower gardens, a small wetland area, and an outcropping of bedrock. Many species of native trees, including white pine, hemlock, cedar, crabapple, oak, maple, birch (three different species of birch), and aspen provide shade, a high degree of privacy, and natural beauty to the grounds.
An attractive series of gently sloping steps leads you across the bedrock and down to the lake. For access to the waterfront for anyone with a disability that makes stairs difficult, my good neighbors to the north offer their flat lawn for getting to the waterfront without climbing the stairs.
The Boat House and the
Lake On the boat house deck you are surrounded by the splendid lake and mountain scenery.
The double-level boat house with crib dock provides covered docking space for a boat up to 23 feet in length. No charge is made for use of the dock. A collection of lifejackets in many sizes is available for the guests' use. Boat rental is available in the area. With the owner's permission you will be welcome to use our personal rowboat kept at the waterfront. Please note that Jet Skis, Waverunners, and performance boats are not allowed at the property.
At the shallowest place, the water depth beside the boat house is about 18 inches, appropriate for enjoyment by very young children accompanied by an adult. The water adjacent to the pier is 8 feet deep and safe for diving. A ladder attached to the pier makes climbing back onto the pier convenient and safe. The water temperature in the lake seldom exceeds 75 degrees and is always clear and refreshing.
Queen of North American
We will welcome you to join those who come to be refreshed and relaxed by the cool air and water and the beautiful surroundings. We invite you to become one of those for whom the privilege of visiting this beautiful watershed mandates careful stewardship of the land and lake so that generations after you can enjoy it as much as you have.
A Ski House on Lake George
Gore Mountain, for instance, a 40-minute drive, is open from mid-November to mid-April. It has snowmaking on 95 percent of its 60 trails, 12 percent of which are easy, 58 percent more difficult, and 30 percent very difficult. Its summit elevation is 3,600 feet; its vertical drop, 2,100 feet. It offers 9 lifts: one gondola, 2 quads, 3 doubles, one high-speed triple, and 2 surface.
Cross-country skiers go to the state-owned Pack Forest (20 minutes away). Snowmobilers have a choice of the lake or one of the many local trails. Snowmobile rental with a guided tour is available locally.
The guests say--
"Thank you for everything! As usual, we all had a great
time. We try to clean up after ourselves as best we can.
The cold weather and snow won't keep us from a campfire. We all love
the house and property so much. It is exactly what we were looking
for. We will definitely be coming up next year. Thanks again!!! "
"We very much enjoyed our stay and will recommend your home to others. What a great place for kids, as you were all prepared with the child gates, high chair, etc. as well as the swing set, sandbox, easy access down steps to water and variety of toys that our grandson enjoyed playing with. It made it easy on his parents and enjoyable for them too. We will keep your home in mind for future vacations as there wasn't enough time to explore the whole area so we want to come back. What a beautiful area in which to live and vacation. We were so very fortunate to have such wonderful weather too. Again, thank you." August 2009
Enjoyment of the
Golfing: Several championship golf courses are in the area.
Whitewater rafting and kayaking: Both short rides and extended tours are offered on the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers from April 1 to October 1.
Mountain biking: Gore Mountain ski slopes are open for biking in the summer and early fall.
Museums: In Glens Falls, the Hyde Collection for fine art and the Chapman for local history. Both open year round. In Blue Mountain Lake (an hours drive), the Adirondack Museum offers extensive exhibits on Adirondack history. An all-day excursion. Open late May to mid-October.
The Marcella Sembrich Museum: Only 3 miles north of the house, a museum celebrating the life of one of the first prima donnas of the Metropolitan Opera, the Sembrich offers a season of concerts by professional musicians in the most intimate of settings in Madame Sembrich's studio on a spectacular site by the lake. Visit www.thesembrich.org.
Lake George Music Festival: Offering free
classical music concerts in Lake George Village August 18 - 23, 2012.
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Ballet and concerts: Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) with performances in the summer by the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and rock and jazz groups (40-minute drive). Go to www.SPAC.org.
Thoroughbred and harness racing: The Saratoga Race Track, a world-class flat track, is open from late July through Labor Day. The harness-racing track is open February through November. Both are in Saratoga Springs (40-minute drive).
Amusement parks: Great Escape, a truly big-time amusement park experience, and Magic Forest, whose setting really is a forest. (Both about 20 minutes away.)
Lake House on Lake George